a new toy

I like my little Panasonic point and shoot camera, but it does have its drawbacks. When R came home with a new camera I was about equal parts excited and intimidated. It’s a Nikon D3100, which puts it right on the edge of having more capabilities than we could ever learn to use. The main thing that I wanted in a new camera was a viewfinder. I found it nearly impossible to control the framing of a shot without one. I’ve barely scratched the surface of what it will do, but remember how I was bemoaning my inability to capture the texture of the Kalanchloe belhariensis?

Kalankhloe belhariensis close-up

Well, I think this just about does it.

old callicarpa

And when I took this shot of the Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’ berries in front of the red foliage of the Nandina the colors left something to be desired.

new callicarpa

Now I can focus on the berries and let the flaming leaves act as background. This is going to be fun! The old camera will still be tucked into purse or pocket for those times when I want to snap photos unobtrusively, but I am looking forward to experimenting with this new tool. I’ll let you in on new discoveries as they arise.

12 Responses to “a new toy”

  1. Shirley Says:

    Beautiful shots, now we can see the kalanchoe as it looks to you. Soft and fuzzy, the berries are gorgeous with the background in contrast.

    A good camera does make all the difference. Your old camera will come in handy and you might find (as I did) that it does a better job of basic snapshots when you are out and about.

    Have fun with both!

  2. Scott Weber Says:

    Yay for your new toy…hope you have fun with it!!!

  3. Loree /danger garden Says:

    Congrats! How fun…I’m equal parts jealous and relieved. I’d love to up my game with a fancy pants camera, but also love the simplicity of the one I’ve got.

  4. Alison Says:

    Kudos to you on the new pictures! I actually got a new camera last Christmas, and haven’t used it yet. It is a bit intimidating for me. You give me hope that I may be able to master it.

  5. Peter/Outlaw Says:

    Hooray! Aren’t new toys exciting! You’ll have so much fun with the D3100! I got one this summer and still haven’t used most of the features. This R person sounds like a keeper!

  6. Heather Says:

    Congrats! You have completely converted me on red/purple combos, by the way. Love the combination of the callicarpa and nandina!

  7. ricki Says:

    Shirley~Thanks! I’m sure you’re right and I will find the proper use for each tool with time.

    Scott~I keep meaning to ask what kind of camera you use.

    Loree~I was surprised when I saw the camera you use for what I consider first class results.

    Alison~Just go out there and shoot. What have you got to lose?

    Peter~We will have to compare notes.

    Heather~Yay…a convert! I’m so proud.

  8. Janet, The Queen of Seaford Says:

    Hooray for new toys!!!! I look forward to seeing new pictures from your new toy.

  9. linda Says:

    …and all I’ve got is a new cookie cutter. Looking forward to great pics !

  10. ricki Says:

    Janet~Me too!

    Linda~Hey…a new cookie cutter can be pretty exciting.

  11. Grace Peterson Says:

    A new camera is always a happy day. Have fun with it.

  12. ricki Says:

    Grace~Thanks, I am!

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